Livability Rate Declining; Taipei Ranks 60th Safest City in the World

Livability Rate Declining; Taipei Ranks 60th Safest City in the World
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The average livability rate has decreased by 1 percent since 2010, mainly because the stability (and safety) rate has declined by 2.2 percent.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit has announced the world’s most livable cities. Melbourne, Australia placed first while Taipei only ranked number 60.

Liberty Times reports, the Economist Intelligence Unit researched 140 cities, grading them on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Melbourne has been named the most livable city for five consecutive years, followed by Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto. Adelaide and Calgary both ranked fifth this year.

CNA reports, the survey found out wealthy medium-sized cities with a relatively low population density ranked higher on the list. Out of the top ten cities, Canada and Australia took up seven.

Due to their sizes, cities like London, New York, Paris and Tokyo and other global cities have higher crime rates and infrastructural issues. Tokyo took number 15 this year, Paris 29, London 53 and New York ranked number 55.

Hong Kong placed 31 last year, but due to mass protests and clashes with the police, it dropped to number 46 while Taipei ranked 60 and Beijing 69.

According to the survey, the average livability rate has decreased by 1 percent since 2010, mainly because the stability (and safety) rate has declined by 2.2 percent.

The survey indicates that over the past five years, the livability rate has dropped in 57 cities, such as terrorist attacks in Tunisia and France, protests in the United States, as well as ongoing unrest in Syria, Libya and the Ukraine.

The five cities ranked last are Damascus (140), Dhaka (139), Port Moresby (138), Lagos (137) and Tripoli (136).

Translated by Sarah Grasdijk
Edited by Olivia Yang

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